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Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

What is the Catholic population in the country? How many dioceses, bishops are there?

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Diocese of Eluru

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospitals:
    1
  • Boarding Homes:
    21
  • Clinics (leprosy):
    4
  • Dispensaries, health centers:
    17
  • Homes for the elderly and disabled:
    11
  • Hospitals:
    14
  • Hostels:
    16
  • Orphanages:
    55

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Catechetics and Bible:
    Director: Father T. Gabriel
  • Commission for Catholic Charities:
    Director: Father G. Moses
  • Commission for Education:
    Director: Father I. Michael
  • Commission for Family Apostolate:
    Director: Father B. Ratna Raju
  • Commission for Laity and Family:
    Director: Father Maria Elias
  • Commission for Liturgy:
    Director: Father M. Vijaya Kumar
  • Commission for Media:
    Director: Father Joseph Parayil, SSP
  • Commission for Pontifical Mission Aids:
    Director: Father R. Maria Joji, MF
  • Commission for Vocations:
    Director: Father K. Rayappan
  • Commission for Youth:
    Director: Father K. Charles

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Andhra Pradesh Social Service Society Regional Training Centre (APSSS), a training center which conducts motivational camps
  • Bhimadole Development Society (BDS), a voluntary agency founded by the Vincentian Fathers
  • Diocesan Catechetical, Liturgical, Adult Educational and Leadership Training Centre
  • People's Action for Rural Awakening (PARA), a voluntary agency founded by the Salesian Fathers
  • St. Jerome's Centre for Pastoral Activities

Social Communications

  • There is a diocesan newsletter: Illuminare Omnes

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Dental Colleges:
    1
  • Dental Colleges - Students:
    500
  • Post-graduate and degree colleges:
    9
  • Post-graduate and degree colleges - Students:
    3,589
  • Schools of Nursing:
    1
  • Schools of Nursing - Students:
    43
  • Secondary Schools:
    29
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    22,200
  • Bachelor of Education Colleges:
    1
  • Bachelor of Education Colleges - Students:
    120
  • Colleges of Nursing:
    1
  • Colleges of Nursing - Students:
    300
  • Pre-Primary Schools:
    16
  • Pre-Primary Schools - Students:
    5,500
  • Primary Schools:
    101
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    10,500
  • Technical Institute - Students:
    435
  • Technical Institutes:
    11

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